The Port of Antwerp, Foodcareplus, Dockflow, and TrakAssure, have announced a service offering cargo temperature condition monitoring for logistics assets and cargo, providing exception alerting solutions for cargoes for both shippers and 3PLs.
The solution utilises existing LoRaWAN infrastructure at the port, where TrakAssure monitors are installed at load location and data streams into Dockflow's servers via API, allowing it to be shared with relevant stakeholders in the cold chain.
"This solution will make it possible to monitor and manage higher volumes by exception, allowing us to devote fewer man-hours to this particular task, thereby servicing our customer base with better quality", Notes Steve Alaerts, Director at Foodcareplus.
"We now can manage by exception based on real-time data and share it through our enablement platform, so we can dispatch resources as required to pay particular attention to containers that display temperature variations", adds Michiel Valee, Co-founder at Dockflow.
"Cargo monitoring solutions have been around for a long time, and many of the processes for retrieving data loggers are time-consuming and labour-intensive, presenting only rear-view visibility with many hidden costs. With this new technology, TrakAssure can provide real-time data globally, connected through various public or private LoRaWAN gateways around the world. We can achieve this level of visibility while keeping costs down to levels that rival traditional data logger price points. We expect the first mover Port of Antwerp to become a model for many more global ports offering these services to increase volumes and offer better quality service to the intermodal community." Says Don Miller, Board Member at TrakAssure.
"At the port of Antwerp, our interest is to grow our volumes and provide services that have a meaningful impact on our customers and partners. By enabling network connectivity at the port, we allow our ecosystem to develop and engage while sharing data in an open and transparent environment that fosters higher quality through innovation. This project is a true testament to the value-added environment we wish to create for our customers." Notes Stef Wilrycx, Marketing Expert at the Port of Antwerp.
The team is now moving to the commercial phase of the project and will deploy many thousands of monitors on cargo passing through the port within the next 12 months.